The Best of Albuquerque Fringe 2025

comedy · village idiom productions · Ages 14+ · world premiere · United States of America

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AILI JAY certified reviewer · June 08, 2015
A fantastic show that will make you laugh! This show is a well done parody of a fringe festival, it does not take itself too seriously at all. The actors are top notch and offer a variety of comedic styles. The structure of the show is great, filling the hour well and engaging me the whole time. ... full review

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LAURA CARSON certified reviewer · June 08, 2015
tagged as: a blast · hysterical · clever
Very funny! I had a blast. The fact that everyone plays about 20 different characters each with frantic costume changes, general mayhem, and witty writing makes it a great time. Super fun! ... full review

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BEN ATKINSON · June 08, 2015
tagged as: funny · hilarious · comedy · parody · musical parody
Village Idiom has done it again. What started with [Title of Show] a couple years ago continues in this raucous original piece. Only this time, the self-aware hilarity that served to amplify the deeper message in [Title of Show] is brought front and center in "BOAF2025" -- deeper messages be damned -- and there's nothing wrong with that whatsoever. "THE BEST OF ALBUQUERQUE FRINGE 2025" (as the kids are calling it) provides non-stop laughs; lampooning the lovably (and sometimes ridiculously) quirky nature of Fringe and theatre festivals. It offers up a series of bits, each of which could have stood on its own as a comedic piece. This is due not only to Smith's and Blanchette's sharp work on the page, but to the entire team's talent and de... full review

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DARREN MANGLER certified reviewer · June 08, 2015
Superb sketch comedy from musicals to classic dialog to dick jokes. It has everything from a simply fun set to multiple costume changes to puppets. Blanchette and Smith write something new and fresh that doesn't hold back, fail to surprise or leave any Fringe cliche' left un-kicked in the marble bag. Corey Lynn Howe has catapulted into one of the best director/ producers of the Fringe Festival. ... full review

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CAROLYN LAROCCA certified reviewer · June 08, 2015
tagged as: fun · funny · clever
Really fun and funny show that doesn't take itself too seriously! Solid performances with a cast that plays many different characters (and quick costume changes). A go see for Fringe 2015. Village Idiom Productions has done it again! ... full review

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JIM MARTYKA certified reviewer · June 09, 2015
This show is a trip and a half! It's an absolutely hysterical parody of everything we love about not just Fringe but indy theatre in general. Two wonderfully abstract writers have put together a true romp in every sense of the word and the cast, under the leadership of their mania-loving but disciplined director throws caution to the wind and goes for it in all its bizarre glory. There are some moments in this show that had me crying I was laughing so hard. These guys and gals aren't afraid to poke loving fun at the theatre or themselves. It's a perfect Fringe show and one that will have you looking at others and the festival as a whole in a new light! Go see it and have some fun! ... full review

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ERIC CIRE certified reviewer · June 13, 2015
Some really great performing and writing in this piece, perfectly placed in the middle of the Hollywood Fringe. The people involved are unbelievably charming and funny, and the sharp and creative bits are all performed with obvious love, joy, and a hugely fun sense of playfulness and humor.... full review

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DANIELLE COLLINS certified reviewer · June 13, 2015
Pure comedic gold. I went into this show not really sure of what to expect, and was immediately captured by the clever writing and stellar performances of the cast. If you're looking for a lighthearted romp that will leave your sides aching from laughter, then look no farther than The Best of Albuquerque Fringe 2025. ... full review

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CATHLEEN CASH certified reviewer · June 12, 2015
Jim Blanchette and Jacob Smith write a fabulous script. They bring to the stage the lunacy behind any theater festival, and do it without apology, and without a filter. With any festival comes its own set of commonalities, even common eccentricities, and The Best of Albuquerque Fringe 2025 joyfully thrashes every aspect of the Indie theater festival experience. It's not an Oscar-nod adaptation of a Fringe Festival...it's a FARCE of a Fringe Festival. In other words, it's She's The Man, NOT Ten Things I Hate About You. There are a LOT of laughs in this show. The cast throw themselves into every character (of which there are dozens) and every joke (of which there are hundreds). It's an ambitious parody, cutting down equally all sorts of Fri... full review

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GRAYDON SCHLICHTER certified reviewer · June 07, 2015
If a freight train and a roller coaster, met and fell in love their child might grow up to be ALBUQUERQUE FRINGE 2025 or Al-Fri (as the kids are calling it) but only if it were then raised by a pack of irreverent jokers hell-bent on skewering everything we love (and love to hate) about Fringe festivals. The show is exactly what it says on the tin i.e. clips of the best of the fictional future festival of the piece's title. But knowing this does nothing to defang the humor that is to come. From the introduction of our hosts, played marvelously by co-writer Jacob Smith and actress Lauren Flans, the laughs start and they do not stop. And whatever your sacred theatrical cow, be it musicals, stage adaptations of film, "classics", or somet... full review

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